Noted) Advice Tips:
Prices Again On The Rise
That Means More
to $5.00 per
Is it a
that is a
crime is gas
you can bet
that as gas
so will gas
at a station
it is by no
So what can
be done to
$ 10 – $
Good Advice Is Not Easily
You may ask why Advice Watch does not
have a whole smorgasbord of advice topics
and update daily. The truth is that though
there is much “advice” on the net, most of
it is hearsay, sales tactics, hype, and/or
bundled with a myriad of hidden motives.
There are also many individual people
giving advice on the net; but most of it is
just blurted out quick analogies of what a
person thinks off the top of their heads.
And it may be well intentioned, but if there
is no solid evidence or facts to back it up,
it is worse than worthless. Yes, it is
probably better that you did not read or see
such “advice” at all. If it could lead you
in the wrong direction, it is probably
better that you just stayed put.
how hard is it to find good advice on the
net? It depends on the topic, and this is
to a certain degree
Of course, the less a question is quested
after, the less info will be available for
it, and the less anyone will want to write
or comment about it. But this is also
where, if you do find information about it,
it is more likely to be from an expert,
untainted with ulterior motives, and not
watered down. Conversely, a highly queried
topic will bring back thousands of scores
from a search engine. But beware the most at
this level… …For example, if you asked:
“Whey protein vs. soy protein, which is
better?” …This question is so highly queried
that it will come up as several possible
search suggestions before you can even
finish typing it. But there is a lot of
hype, unproven “facts“ and many, many
reasons for hidden sales pitches and other
ulterior motives relating to this query.
Do not be satisfied with a web site
that doesn’t end in “.com” as being a
reliable source of information. For
example, Wikipedia.org** is the free
encyclopedia that “ANYONE” can edit.
Therefore, is that a good source? Not
exactly, but… …It can often be a good
starting point. Whereas, many .coms are
great sources of info at least some of the
time such as msn.com which has many expert
writers who have a sense of reputation about
certain topics. The internet provided the
information age, but there is now so much of
it, that it is difficult at best to sift
through what is good and bad information.
February 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Selling, Giving, Or Throwing Away Your
Computer Without Caution...
...Is A Great Way To Give Away Your
Secrets or Even Have Your Identity Stolen.
Simply deleting your files and emptying your
recycle bin does not wipe your hard drive clean.
Anything you’ve put on your computer, passwords, any
web sites you’ve visited, photos, word docs,
…everything can be retrieved by data thieves. PC
World provides short clip video: “How
to Completely Erase a Hard Drive”
which is great for most people, but not 100%
completely foolproof if you have really sensitive
information on your computer. Throwing the hard
drive in a lake won’t do the trick either. If you
have really sensitive info on your computer, you
should do both physical damage and use a drive erase
tool such as DBAN** first. If you want to sell or
give away your computer, but still protect your data
— perhaps consider removing the hard drive, and
selling it as is or put in a new hard drive.
February 22, 2011 at: 1:27 pm
Some of the
Gullibility In Society
Enhanced by the Internet?
Valentine’s Day Ideas
“Love has nothing to do with
what you are expecting to get, it’s
what you are expected to give —
which is everything.” -Anon
below are some of the better Valentine’s Day idea
pages we’ve come across (Not in any particular
order). Please submit any others that you may be
February 02, 2011 at 3:34 pm
A Logo Design Of A Different
Kind… Of Approach
Check out the Advice Watch article: “How
To Design A Logo Of The Awesome Kind
There are many sites and pages across the
internet that have tutorials about this. And
we plan on having a top list of these in the
future. For now, we feel this article
provides some slightly different
perspectives and an approach about trademark
protection that we have not seen presented
in such tutorials.
An awesome logo
design could cost thousands of dollars. If
you choose to do it yourself, it is
possible. But it will take some time,
tinkering, planning, and a willingness to go
back to the drawing board. This article is a
good first base of essential logo how-to.
February 04, 2011 at 5:17 am
Our Top 5 Tips Link: It’s Coming…
Yes, we know when you click on the link to the
“Top 5 Tips”, it goes to a blank page. We are
trying to decide on a format of presenting them, but
hope to have the situation resolved within the next
week. More D.I.Y.s and How-To are also going to be
our primary focus for the next few weeks.
January 31, 2011 at 7:57 am
On Body Language: For Attraction Detection
According to David Givens, author of Love Signals: The
Body Language of Courtship
… A key sign that someone is
interested in you: +Eye Blinking Rapidly+.
Most people blink approximately 20 times per minute; if they
blink considerably more than that, they are under stress… or
attracted to somebody close by.
Another key: +Body
Extensions+. Touching something that is on you or
something that you carry. For example: your watch, handbag,
pen, phone, etc. These are body extensions. Touching one of
these things may be somewhat of a test or probe before
touching your hand.
January 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm
ATM Skimming: A Swelling threat particularly in the U.S.
ATM thefts have been growing at an approximate rate of 10% per year.
Thieves steal ATM information in various ways and from various sources.
The current most used method is by gluing a device having a street term
called a “skimmer” which reads the magnetic stripe on your card. Then
they just transfer the information from the skimmer to a new fake ATM
card. The crime is particularly bad in North America because in other
countries, international banks no longer use magnetic striped ATM cards;
rather, they use cards embedded with microchips (which are much more
difficult to skim). In the U.S., there currently are no plans to switch
to microchip cards due to high costs.
To help defend yourself against this crime:
- Try not to use ATMs at convenience stores, malls, airports, bus,
or train stations. These are the most targeted by thieves as they
are less monitored, have less defensive mechanisms, and are often
controlled by entirely private 3rd parties. Bank ATMs and
most preferably your own banks ATM is the most ideal to conduct a
- Even with the information skimmed from your ATM card, thieves
most often still need your PIN number. They often hide tiny pinhole
cameras in various places around the ATM, and often even directly on
the ATM. Search for such cameras, but nonetheless even if you don’t
see any, assume there may be one on you; cover the hand that types
in the PIN with your other hand that preferably has more cover and
distractions, such as sunglasses or a small book. Most importantly
on this topic, don’t have an easy to guess PIN # such as 2222, 6789,
something having to do with your birthday, etc..
- Do not use an ATM that appears to have been tampered with. Look
for loose parts, as the FBI recommends grabbing the slot rim where
you swipe or insert your card to feel if it is loose. But look for
any loose parts, glue marks, or anything suspicious about the ATM.
- Look for suspicious persons lingering around the ATM. A small
female doesn’t need to physically assault-rob you, she would just
need a piece of information that you may not be aware that you are
January 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm
To find out what your own I.P. address is go here:
To find out what your own I.P. address is go here:
http://www.ipcatch.com/ ; which will also tell you who your internet provider is, country, and what browser you are using. You can use this info for various reasons. 1 reason is to see if you have a new connection from the last time you checked. So if you have an always on connection, unplugged it and restarted it you may be given a new I.P. address. This will often foil internet stalkers.